AAR joins with AIM for the EAGLE Pathway program, which is designed to provide a systematic path for high school students to develop their careers.
Written by Nicole Gleaton
On Thursday, July 25, 2019, Gerald Yagen, President of Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), met with Ryan Goertzen of AAR, the largest Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operator in North America. Mr. Goertzen’s visit to Norfolk was twofold. He started the day at the Huntersville and Berkley Community Centers, where he spoke to the 10-12-year-old participants of Fly Norfolk, a joint venture between AIM and the City of Norfolk’s Parks and Recreation summer camp program. Throughout the program, children are exposed to various careers in aviation, and Mr. Goertzen was on-hand to provide information and answer questions about careers in aviation maintenance.
Additionally, Mr. Goertzen welcomed AIM into AAR’s EAGLE Pathway program with the official signing on Thursday afternoon. For AIM students, this will mean a 23-month program that culminates in a trip to one of AAR’s airframe maintenance facilities, which are in Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Miami, Rockford, IL, and Duluth, MN, to receive on-site mentoring. Internships will be scheduled during AIM’s Winter and Spring breaks and will be coordinated according the geographic location of the student’s home campus. Students who successfully complete the program and internship will be all but guaranteed employment with AAR, where they can earn tuition reimbursement of $5,000 per each of three level rankings they obtain. AAR also pays relocation expenses for employees. For AIM, this partnership will also provide free aircraft training to instructors, so they are better able to prepare students for the workforce. A recent Boeing study shows a predicted shortage of 193,000 new aircraft mechanics in North America through 2037. This joint effort by AIM and AAR aims to provide a clear pathway for students and skilled technicians for today’s workforce in response to that shortage.
Also present for the signing were members of AIM’s staff: Joel English, Vice President of Operations, Jeremiah Scarbrough and Pat Thomas, Regional Directors of Operations, Nicole Gleaton, Communications Coordinator, Ben Clark, Director of Student Affairs, Zoe Thompson, Director of Education, Bruce Jones, Campus Executive Director, and Brad Groom, Assistant Campus Director. From the City of Norfolk: Wynter Benda, Chief Deputy City Manager, Thomas Smigiel, Jr., Norfolk City Council Member, Kenyetta Goshen, Senior Director of Norfolk City Public Schools. Others present: Chuck McPhillips of the Greater Norfolk Corporation and Bruce Holbrook.
AIM Manassas hosts The State of Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni.
Written by Jul DeGeus
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Manassas Campus is honored to host the State of Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni, at their Jet Tech Camp on Friday, July 12, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m., at 10640 Davidson Place, Manassas, VA 20109.
AIM Manassas’ Jet Tech Camp offers participants a glimpse into the world of aircraft maintenance through hands-on learning. Camp attendees will spend time in AIM’s hangars, classrooms, and labs, learning about the basics of aviation maintenance. Topics covered will include aircraft systems and powerplants, ground operations, safety wiring, physics of flight, and much more. This is the perfect opportunity for individuals who are interested in working with their hands. The camp will also provide a preview of the skills aviation maintenance technicians perform after obtaining their certification.
Secretary Qarni, along with other political figures, will participate in safety wiring, engine tear down, flight simulation, and other aviation maintenance tasks. A tour of the facility will provide the Secretary of Education insight into the daily experience of an AIM student.
For more information regarding AIM Manassas’ Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program, please visit www.aviationMaintenance.edu or call (703) 257-5515.
About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Ga., Philadelphia, Pa., Dallas, Tx., Houston, Tx., Indianapolis, In., Las Vegas, Nv., Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Ca., Orlando, Fl., Charlotte, Nc., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance Joins AAR EAGLE Career Pathway program to offer students competitive skills training and post-grad job opportunities
Written by Nicole Gleaton
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), the largest provider of new aviation maintenance technicians to the industry, announces its partnership with AAR (NYSE: AIR), the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operator in North America, to provide students with onsite job training and mentorship at AAR’s hangars and the opportunity to graduate with a job offer through the EAGLE Career Pathway program.
“The Aviation Institute of Maintenance is a valuable source of talent for AAR, and with our EAGLE Career Pathway program, we can provide them with even earlier job experience and skills training to accelerate their aviation careers,” said AAR Vice President of Maintenance Workforce Development. “With more airline fleets flying than ever before, the demand for AMTs is rapidly growing. We are excited to partner with AIM to introduce students to the various specializations and paths they can pursue as an AMT, and offer them the opportunity to work within our global MRO network.”
As a top employer of AIM graduates, AAR’s EAGLE Pathway initiative adds a new internship component to AIM’s 23-month Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program. During the program, students will travel to a site visit to one of AAR’s MRO facilities, located in Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Miami, Duluth, Minnesota and Rockford, Illinois, for initial onsite mentoring. During their winter and spring breaks, the students will return to the site for an AMT internship with the AAR team. “The mentorship and internship aspects of the EAGLE Career Pathway program will offer students hands-on experience within the authentic MRO work environment,” said Dr. Joel English, AIM’s Vice President of Operations. “Students who are selected for this program will benefit from authentic work experience and will be front-running candidates for a professional role at AAR or any other professional aviation maintenance organization upon graduation.”
The students who graduate from the AIM and EAGLE Pathway programs will be extended job offers to join AAR’s team as an entry-level AMT. They also have the option to continue the EAGLE Career Pathway program to obtain an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate or pursue another of AAR’s career pathways including maintenance operations, management, quality control and safety — and become eligible for tuition reimbursement from AAR upon completion.
A recent Boeing study forecasts the aviation industry will demand 769,000 new aircraft mechanics through 2038, with 193,000 needed in North America alone. This joint effort by AIM and AAR aims to provide a clear pathway for students and skilled technicians for today’s workforce in response to that shortage. “The job outlook for certified aviation mechanics has never been higher in the US and around the world,” said Dr. English, “And the EAGLE Pathway Program will equip our graduates with experience within the professional environment as they attend school.” Additionally, AAR will provide AIM instructors with free aircraft MRO training to instructors, so they are better equipped to prepare students for the workforce.
As part of AIM and the City of Norfolk’s joint venture, Fly Norfolk, Ryan Goertzen, Vice President of Aviation Workforce Development for AAR, will join the Career Day sessions on July 24-25 to talk to 10-12 year-old summer camp participants about aircraft repair and the field of aviation maintenance. Additionally, AAR’s EAGLE Career Pathway information will be available at all AIM campuses.
AIM Vice President of Operations Joel English, and Ryan Goertzen will finalize the partnership agreement in a formal signing alongside Norfolk community leaders on July 25 in Norfolk. For more information about AAR’s EAGLE Career Pathway program, click here.
About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.
AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include parts supply; OEM solutions; integrated solutions; maintenance, repair, overhaul; and engineering. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include mobility systems and composite manufacturing operations. Additional information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.